As the credit crunch becomes a recession and rising energy prices take their toll on our finances, many of us have little choice but to cut back our spending. But life is for living, so why should budgeting mean a miserable existence? "The Frugal Life: How to Spend Less and Live More" will show readers how to save money by taking control of their finances and adopting a simpler approach to life. Readers will learn they don't have to overspend to enjoy themselves or impress friends. Instead they will discover the pleasures of saving by becoming a frugal shopper, cutting energy and transport bills, growing vegetables and eating wild food, entertaining themselves and their children for free, and enjoying Christmas without debts. In addition it shows readers how to set a budget, cope with redundancy and cultivate a frugal nest egg for the future. Never before has a book on frugal living covered such a wide range of subjects in such detail. What's more, the author has tried and tested many of these ideas herself. "The Frugal Life: How to Spend Less and Live More" will appeal to readers of many age groups and demographics, from the struggling student and first jobber, to families and pensioners getting used to a smaller budget - anyone trying to live life for less.
Piper Terrett is a financial journalist, author and lecturer and lives with her husband Doug and pet chickens in Hertfordshire. Born and bred in Essex, Piper writes The Frugal Life blog at www.piperterrett.wordpress.com about their attempts to live the good life and save money.
The blog originally began life on MSN.co.uk in 2007 and followed her adventures as she lived on a smaller budget, grew her own vegetables and underwent moneysaving challenges during the credit crunch. It was featured on the site until 2011.
A former FT Group journalist and deputy news editor of the Investors Chronicle Magazine, she writes for a range of publications, including Moneyweek and Yahoo Finance UK. She is the author of The Frugal Life: How to spend less and live more (2009), Bedroom DJ: A Beginner's Guide (2003) and Think Green, Cut Costs, due for publication in summer 2013. She has appeared as a guest on BBC Breakfast TV, the Chrissy B Show, BBC Essex, BBC Scotland and BBC London to talk about moneysaving and green issues and given environmental talks on behalf of the Climate Change Speakers Network. She also lectures in writing at London Metropolitan University. In October 2009 she was appointed Green Voice of the UK by the Energy Saving Trust. You can follow her on Twitter at @thefrugallife.
In her spare time she writes crime fiction. Victim Support, set in Essex, and featuring her female police detective character Inspector Sam Cree, is her first novel.